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| Austerity |
|Interest of||• Kerry-anne Mendoza|
• Wolfgang Streeck
|A meme with tenuous connection to the real world which is typically used by rich politicians in an effort to encourage the majority, poor, populations of their country to accept hardship and deprivation.|
Austerity is a set of political-economic policies that aim to reduce government budget deficits through spending cuts, tax increases, or a combination of both.
Austerity measures are generally explained as measures used by governments as a result of the need to pay down the "national debt". The measures are meant to reduce the budget deficit by bringing government revenues closer to expenditures, which is assumed to make the payment of debt easier. Austerity measures also demonstrate a government's fiscal discipline to creditors and credit rating agencies.
...to preserve the profits of the few.
|George Carlin||“Governments don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that... that doesn't help them. That’s against their interests. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they are getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin' years ago. They don't want that. You know what they want?... They want obedient workers, obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.”||George Carlin|
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|Document:Austerity Fascism is Coming||webpage||8 June 2010||Paul Joseph Watson|
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|Document:The Demonization of Jeremy Corbyn||Article||10 December 2019||Tony McKenna||Notwithstanding, Corbyn was transfigured by a rabid establishment into successive manifestations of the purest evil: he was a terrorist sympathiser; a threat to national security; a communist spy; a misogynist; and, a dyed-in-the-wool anti-Semite.|